Health Care

Trinity hospital workers vow to ‘escalate’ fight for better contract

BY: - January 19, 2022

After nearly three years at the bargaining table, union hospital workers at Trinity Health-Mercy made it clear Monday that they are willing to ramp up their fight to receive a contract deal by the end of the month. Close to 100 registered nurses, techs and hospital support staff, who are members of the SEIU Healthcare […]

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: and - January 19, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You definitely wouldn’t […]


Column: What we are putting our kids through isn’t normal

BY: - January 19, 2022

My son wouldn’t tell you this (or even want me telling you this), but he loves school. He of course loves recess and seeing his friends, but he also loves math, reading and art. Although he complains and drags his feet every morning, he typically cannot wait to jump out of the car and run […]

Here’s how you can order free COVID tests now

BY: - January 18, 2022

The federal government launched a website to order free at-home tests for COVID-19 Tuesday, one day ahead of schedule. Each residential address is eligible to receive four tests total, regardless of household size, which will be shipped completely free of charge in an estimated seven to 12 days. Individuals can sign up for their tests […]

Michigan House cancels votes this week due to COVID-19 spread

BY: - January 18, 2022

The state House of Representatives isn’t voting on any bills this week due to a number of members and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results or need to be tested after a close contact tested positive. “Unfortunately, the same COVID wave that is spiking across the country is now reaching […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: and - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Michigan has 4,778 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 502 on ventilators

BY: - January 14, 2022

On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that a total of 1,746,707 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28,479 have died from the virus — an additional 37,114 cases and 251 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Experts: Michigan has seen ‘astounding’ growth revenue last fiscal year

BY: - January 14, 2022

Michigan budget experts on Friday reported an “astounding” rate of growth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which ended Sept. 30, with preliminary actual state revenue surpassing forecasts from even before the COVD-19 pandemic began. In total, the state collected $29 billion of revenue from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. In January 2020, before […]

How omicron is making another COVID school year even worse

BY: - January 14, 2022

Kathleen Lucas, a mother from Zeeland, was nervous about sending her daughters back to school after the holidays, especially since Ottawa County rescinded its school mask mandate earlier this month, even with COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant surging.  Lucas’ 7-year-old daughter, Emerson, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning after being exposed […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]

11 lawmakers absent from first session day of 2022, Senate OKs anti-vaccine resolution

BY: - January 13, 2022

Three Republican and eight Democratic members of the Michigan Legislature were excused from session Wednesday, the first time both chambers have met since 2021. In the 38-member state Senate, Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) were excused from session. The House has 106 members and four vacancies. State Reps. […]